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Posted: Monday, August 11th, 2014 12:33 PM HST

Power outages remain

By 67AM KPUA News

Hawaii Electric Light Company troubleshooters continue to work on restoring power as quickly as possible to customers who lost electricity as a result of Tropical Storm Iselle.

Officials say about 8,100 customers remained without power, mostly in the Puna District but also in smaller pockets on the east side of the island. Power was restored to a portion of Hawaiian Paradise Park late Saturday afternoon.

Crews report significant progress in repairing the main transmission lines that serve as the backbone of the island's electric grid, making the overall system more stable. Crews are now focusing their attention on restoring power to individual neighborhoods.

Officials are asking customers who have not yet reported their outage to call 969-6666 to report it. Customers who are still without power at this time should expect an extended outage into this week and, in some cases, much longer.

Hawaii Electric Light's business offices will reopen for normal business today, although some services, such as new service requests, may be delayed as work crews focus on the restoration effort.

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